Northeastern University (MBTA station)

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Northeastern MBTA.jpg
Northeastern University station as seen from Forsyth Street.
Location Huntington Avenue at Opera Place, Boston
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Disabled access Yes
Opened February 16, 1941
Rebuilt 2002–2003
Previous names Opera Place (1941-1947)
Passengers (2009 daily) 3,007[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Heath Street
Green Line
toward Lechmere

Northeastern University (signed as Northeastern) is a surface-level trolley stop on the MBTA Green Line. It is located in a dedicated median along Huntington Avenue in Boston, between Opera Place and Forsyth Street, and is adjacent to the Krentzman Quad on the campus of Northeastern University. It is the first surface-level stop going outbound along the Green Line "E" Branch; trolleys rise from a portal located between Opera Place and Gainsborough Street and continue along the surface down Huntington Avenue towards Mission Hill.

Station layout[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "E" Branch toward Heath (Museum of Fine Arts)
Inbound "E" Branch toward Lechmere (Symphony)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


An outbound streetcar at Northeastern in 1967
Remains of the temporary station used during the 2002-03 renovation

The modern Green Line "E" Branch opened on February 16, 1941 with the completion of the Huntington Avenue subway from Copley to the Northeastern Incline. (Before then, trams had run on the surface from the Boylston Street portal). On May 21, 1947, the Boston Elevated Railway board voted to change the name from Opera Place to Northeastern University.[2] The stop was named on maps as early as the 1951 M.T.A. route map, while most other surface stops (save for Brigham Circle and Heath Street) did not appear separately until around 1990.[3]

Until bare asphalt platforms were installed in the 1970s, there were no real stations on much of the surface portion of the line; passengers merely waited on street corners and boarded from the street.[2] However, Northeastern University received platforms much earlier due to its high traffic. In a renovation that took place in 2002 and 2003, a new handicapped-accessible station was built between Opera Place and Forsyth Street. Boston's original electric street lamps were manufactured by Lundin Electric & Machine Company of South Boston; during the rebuild, the lamps at Northeastern station were replaced with cheaper replica cast iron lamps which mimic the style of street lamps in Washington, DC. Wiring slots for an automatic fare collection system were also installed during this upgrade. A signal prioritization system for Northeastern University and all stops further outbound is also in place. Temporary platforms were built northeast of Opera Place during the renovations; a station sign is still in place.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On August 23, 2004, a Type 8 Breda low-floor trolley derailed at the station, causing scarring in the outbound platform near the pedestrian crossing on the Opera Place side of the station, which remains unrepaired as of 2013.

Nearby destinations[edit]

Bus connections[edit]


Renovations to the station in 2002 and 2003 improved the accessibility of the station. The raised platforms can accommodate up to four-car trains of low-floor trolleys for handicapped access. As of 2008, most trains consist of one low-floor trolley and one standard trolley, allowing handicapped accessibility even with limited low-floor rolling stock. The nearby pedestrian crossing signals are also equipped with audio indicators.


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Clarke, Bradley H. (2003). Streetcar Lines of the Hub - The 1940s. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 93, 98. ISBN 0938315056. 
  3. ^ Metropolitan Transit Authority (1951). "Metropolitan Transit Authority System Route Map 2nd Edition". Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 42°20′23″N 71°05′25″W / 42.33976°N 71.09033°W / 42.33976; -71.09033